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A DAY FOR WOMEN [YOM LEL SETAT]
Dir. Kamla Abu Zekry
Egypt. 2016. 111 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
When a local swimming pool announces that Sunday is a day for women, it’s the talk of the neighbourhood. But bringing together a diverse group of women proves to be an unexpected equaliser, and no one is more excited than Azza, who dreams of wearing a swimsuit. Previously shunned Shamiya suddenly finds an inquisitive and supportive poolside audience. Even grief-stricken Lula ventures along. Naturally, the men can’t help but be curious, and find their own colourful way of protesting against the women’s day. But there is also a darker undercurrent at play – Lula’s brother is becoming more extremist in his views. Kamla Abu Zekry’s film is a reflection on community, co-existence and freedom in Egyptian society.
Eligible for the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award
Kamla Abu Zekry
Director Kamla Abouzekri’s filmography includes; One-Zero (2009), which competed at many international film festivals such as the Venice Film Festival and received more than 45 awards, Heads and Tails (2006), and An Al EshqWalHawa (2006). As for TV dramas, Abouzekri directed Bent EsmahaZaat (A Girl Called Zaat) (2013), and Segn El Nesaa (Women’s Prison) (2014) that achieved the top most-watched TV dramas during Ramadan.